With his nose to the zeitgeist, the author of Generation X again examines the angst of the white-collar, under set in this entertaining tale of computer techies . They are Microserfs—six code-crunching computer whizzes who spend upward of sixteen hours a day “coding” and eating “flat” foods (food which, like Kraft. Douglas Coupland is one of Canada’s best selling writers both at home best known book, Generation X, but Microserfs really caught my eye.
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These people are so locked into the world, by default some sort of transcendence is located elsewhere, and obviously machines become the totem they imbue with sacred properties, wishes, hopes, goals, desires, dreams.
Want to Read saving…. December – Microserfs 12 11 Dec 25, This was was my first Coupland book and it wasn’t what I was expecting. Douglas Coupland makes a lot of predictions in his novel that eventually came to pass, including the proliferation of the personal computer couoland the web, the dot-com bubble and the collapse of much of the new wealth that microsers created in the early 90s, and the ad nauseum syndication of The Simpsons.
I think Microsercs is a more relevant book now than when it was originally written. The way Dan and his friends are portrayed is worryingly relatable to many of us who in any level deal with technology and its culture.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. If you like books and love to build cool products, doulgas may be looking for you. Coupland explores this world with such specific detail that you feel like you feel like you are a part of it. He broke down crying. Dec 16, Bryan rated it really liked it Shelves: But it’s not bad, absolutely not!
MICROSERFS by Douglas Coupland | Kirkus Reviews
Farmer rated it it was amazing. I had a few problems with the last quarter of the book, but most of it is just personal preference. Allie’s Favourite Books This novel has aged very well and I think it really is essential reading for someone looking to understand this part of the 90s. Open Preview See a Problem? The thoughts and fears of the not-so-stereotypical characters are easy for any of us to relate to, and their witty conversations and quirky view of the world make this a surprisingly thought-provoking book.
The dialog is great and all of the characters are well developed.
Coupland, The TimesJuly He captures the spirit of the times we live in by setting his novels in those places that history will look back upon as trend-setting, avant-garde cultures. Dan and his colleagues would understand that desire as they ventured from their innominate apartments into the suburban night, probably stopping at agrabbing something to eat, and talking about where to go next.
I have fond memories of the microsdrfs, I remember the whole plot, I still reference sections randomly most often this part about how different parts of your body store emotional pain. I kind of never want to read it again.
I can rem Microserfs is one of Coupland’s most populair books with a certain cult-status. May 17, Patty rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The characters just talk and suddenly you are inside the story and you can’t get out and you just watch them have lives. As time went on it became a lot broader, instead of a lot narrower, which is what happened with Generation X. Favourite 20th Century Books Does that make for an exciting book? The characters come to life fast and believably, and their diversity makes their commonality even more appreciable.
I can’t ever seem to attempt to write an approximation of some sort of “objective” review lulz so I’ll just leave you with my idi For Microserfs, I am straddling these two reader-type extremes: The whole ‘having a life’ trope ends being exquisite. Typical “Coupland’s” were as well the dialogue’s and the way the characters go on with each other Especially since it references a breakfast cereal which is all but discontinued in many places.
It’s amazing how much one can learn from a work of fiction so cleverly crafted and so loyal to the culture it intends to explore. Young people working for Microsoft decide to make a bid for freedom by founding their own software company. What makes this different from, say, a film like Reality Bites is the ever-present questioning among these young code-writers of the changing relationship between humanity and technology.
If you happen to have the edition I have, please look at these pages and have your multiple bookgasms: Coupland appears on the rear cover of the novel’s hardcover versions photographed in Denmark ‘s Legoland Billundholding a Lego Their conversations range from mundane things like meals purchased late at night at the local Safeway to complex metaphysical topics like the nature of the human soul.
Microserfs is an argument that certain truths are always truths, no matter what trends are being fucked that day. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
The afternoon I spent with this book was a very pleasant one. This is my computer.